China hopes to conclude EU investment deal talks by ‘early date’

China hopes to conclude EU investment deal talks by ‘early date’

Discussions stalled after bloc hit at Beijing’s control over market access

BEIJING (Reuters) — China hopes lengthy negotiations for an investment deal with the European Union can wrap up at an “early date”, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

Talks have been stuck for years since beginning in 2014 as the European bloc accused China of failing to deliver on promises to lift investment curbs, despite a pledge to open up the world’s second largest economy.

“We hope the deal can come to fruition at an early date,” the spokesman, Wang Wenbin, told a regular news briefing i